“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
The weather is shifting. Summer is over. “Back to school” happened. Students are settled into their routines. Q4 is approaching. The holiday season is around the corner. This next part of the year moves quickly. It helps to pause and reflect before 2015 gets swept away.
Revive Your Resolutions
Think back to January. Did you set New Year’s resolutions? Write a list of goals for the year? Create an annual theme? How are you coming along? Are you on your way? Or did you place your goals on the backburner?
At this point in the year, the spirit of new beginnings and fresh starts is long gone. It may seem like a difficult time to revive resolutions, but a lot can happen in a few weeks. If the idea of reaching your resolutions or achieving your goals feels energizing, there is still time to make it happen.
Clear Out Your Clutter
Just in case you’re waiting for someone to say this, let me back up and acknowledge that excuses are real. There are legitimate reasons why we drop our resolutions and hold off on pursuing our goals. Life is busy – and it will stay busy unless you make space for the things you want to do.
Start by letting go of goals that no longer excite you. It is completely ok to change your mind. Pursuing something you don’t care about is exhausting… no wonder you forgot about those resolutions! Stop pretending and say to yourself, “I no longer want to do XYZ.” This will clear mental clutter and give you time to do what you actually want.
Please Prioritize Yourself
Projects have a tendency to take the amount of time we give them – this is one reason why resolutions fail. When we allot a whole year for something, it is easy to prioritize other tasks.
There are 14 weeks until the end of 2015, which is plenty of time to make big changes in your life. Please prioritize yourself and set goals for the remainder of the year. Think about how you want to feel in January, where do you want to be, and what do you want to be doing. (For help with goal setting, try these seven steps.)
Drop what you can and make choices that will serve you. Make time for the things that will help you reach your goals.
Get Yourself Started
If you are inspired to revive your resolutions, get yourself started. Take a small step or tiny action towards your goals today. Fill these next 14 weeks with progress, not excuses. The end of the year is a busy time, but it is also a time filled with gatherings and fun, energy and spirit – use that to your advantage!
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